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A couple of stories at BBC and Information Week about Windows Phone 7 SENDING (Hello !?!?) over a gigabyte of data per month simply sitting in your holster. This is where you get horror stories about people who take a phone with them to the US or Europe, never make a phone call, and get a huge multi-thousand dollar bill when they get back home.

"On December 22nd I received an email from AT&T saying that I was close to my 2GB data limit which truly shocked me as I feel I do not use data that much. I went and looked at my AT&T account online and noticed that my phone was sending huge chunks of data seemingly in patterns. For instance on November 21-24 it sent between 30 and 50 MB of data at 10:41pm each day and Dec 1-4 it sent between 30 and 50 MB of data at 9:41am each day. On December 23rd I turned on airplane mode so my phone could no longer send data. I turned airplane mode off briefly on December 23rd and the phone sent 400 MB of data. I called AT&T yesterday, December 28th, but they said that there was nothing that they can do to figure out what was happening on my phone."
 

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As I recall, these type of stories were circulating after the iPhone App store launched. It seems apps were constantly "checking for updates" or "checking for email" however, I don't think the numbers were this huge.

If speculation is correct, then it appears to be a case of very bad programming and not app use.

Some have speculated the problem may be related to the phones sending "feedback" to Microsoft about the software's performance or that the phones are using a 3G connection even when wi-fi is available.
 

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Sounds like someone at MS might have messed up and released a debug/test version of the code on the phone. MS might have done it intentionally for product evaluation purposes but I doubt they would admit to it. It's just one more MS snafu that shows why the company should stick to core products like software.
 

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That's what the problem is though, software. It's not the hardware that's sending data back to the ever watching eye of MS. And honestly, their track record with software is pretty spotty too. Every other piece of MS software seems to want me to "participate in making the product better". Seems like perhaps the Windows Phone 7 OS just doesn't have the courtesy to ask.
 
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